Accounting Manager

Accounting Manager
City of Berkeley Finance Department
 Berkeley, California
Job Description

JOB TITLE: Accounting Manager
AGENCY: City of Berkeley
LOCATION: Berkeley, CA
FILING DEADLINE: Monday, August 22, 2022
SALARY RANGE: $126,526.40 - $153,774.40 Annually

The Position

The Accounting Manager directs, plans, and organizes the activities of the Accounting Division including offering technical guidance, financial analysis, and managing the preparation of comprehensive reports, including acting as the lead on the City FUND$ Replacement Project and lead and preparer of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (ACFR). In addition, the position is responsible for all bank reconciliations, development of the indirect cost allocation plans, and the quality control review of accounting transactions entered by all departments. This position will ensure productive working relationships with other departments, advise both executive and line staff on proper accounting and internal controls which requires a high level of accounting abilities, solid understanding of statistical and quantitative methodology, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills to ensure a positive and high performing working environment as many accounting entries are decentralized in the departments. Pays all the City’s vendors, prepares all required State Controller reports, and files and pays all City payroll and tax returns, acts as the liaison with the independent auditor, and federal and state auditors in the audits of the City’s financial statements.

Accounting manager responsibilities also require the candidate to have good knowledge of automated financial enterprise systems and their use in financial management, control, and reporting related to general ledger, subsidiary ledgers, and fixed asset control. The candidate should be well versed with the laws and regulations related to the City’s fiscal operations, including those of the Federal Internal Revenue Service, State Franchise Tax Board, and State Board of Equalization.

The Ideal Candidate

Bringing a high level of skills in the areas of governmental accounting theory (i.e., Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statements, especially Statement Number 34), financial analysis, implementation, and maintenance of accounting systems, process improvements, and extensive knowledge of the Single Audit Act, OMB Circular A-87. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic team leader and team builder with a willingness to be hands on in providing technical guidance, mentoring, and being hands on when necessary to complete projects. The successful candidate needs to have excellent project management and communication skills as well as have a track record of strategically assessing workload, talent, and structure, and implementing best practices to improve procedures and performance. The next Accounting Manager will supervise a staff of eight with two direct reports. Excellent interpersonal skills will be necessary to foster an environment of collaboration and effective communication with employees from all departments. The ideal candidate will have a reputation for high integrity, honesty, good judgement, and solid organizational abilities and experience managing accounting/finance projects timely and efficiently, and the vision to prepare a robust strategy for the coming years.


  • BA/BS in Accounting, Business, Finance, Economics, or a closely related field.
  • Five (5) years plus of professional accounting experience, including public sector/government accounting.
  • A background implementing accounting systems is ideal.
  • Two (2) years plus in management and staff supervision.
  • A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license is highly desirable, but not required.

For more details about this opportunity, please visit the job brochure at:

To be considered, please submit a resume, cover letter, and a list of five professional references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment) at:

Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held, as well as size of staff and budgets you have managed.

For additional information, please contact:
Frank Rojas at (510) 495-0448 or Email:
Carlo Zabala at: (510) 342-3233 or Email: